Tip: Setting up wireless network on SUSE Linux 10.0

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Improved hardware support, easier installations, up-to-date packages, new features - these are just some of the popular phrases interweaving many press releases issued by commercial Linux distributions. But are they just words made up by the ever-creative marketing departments, or are the "new features" and "improvements" real? To find a partial answer to the question, I decided to test the wireless networking features in SUSE Linux 10.0.

My expectations were high. SUSE never misses an opportunity to tout its superb networking features and it was, in fact, the first distribution to offer the concept of "roaming profiles" for laptop users who travel frequently. But after installing SUSE Linux 10.0 on a 1.4 GHz Pentium 4 laptop, I found, to my disappointment, that the status light of my 3Com USB wireless adapter was off.

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